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January 18, 2007

Report: Swedish Prince Held By MIA Security Last Fall

Misplaced His Passport Before Flight From Venezuela

If you've ever been hassled at a border check or by airport security, and thought it only happens to the little guy... here's a story to chew on.

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NASA Gives New Orleans Facility A Show Of Support

Says Ares Upper Stages WILL Be Built At Michoud

NASA has renewed its commitment to build spaceship and rocket components in New Orleans. The nation's space agency has not given up on its Michoud Assembly Facility on the city's east side, and in fact sees it as an opportunity to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina.

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MD TFR: 01.20.07 - 01.22.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1179 Issue Date: January 18, 2007 at 1511 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: January 20, 2007 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 22, 2007 at 1900 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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FAA Proposes Two ADs For GE Engines Used On Embraer 190/195s

Would Affect 38 JetBlue Planes; Air Canada, Copa Also Fly Type

The FAA has asked for public comment on two proposed airworthiness directives (AD) for the General Electric (GE) CF34-10E engines in use on some Embraer 190 and 195 airliners.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.18.07

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Spokesman Jim Hampton

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.18.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- ERAU Spokesman Jim Hampton: 01.18.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Embry Riddle spokesman Jim Hampton on recovery efforts at the university's Daytona Beach campus following a Christmas Day tornado.)

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TSA Says 'More Robust' Security Plan For GA On The Way

Lawmakers Ask TSA To Step Up Inspections Of Private Planes

In what may prove an ominous precursor for general aviation (GA), Senator Jay Rockefeller told TSA chief Kip Hawley in front of a congressional committee small private planes should undergo the same security checks as commercial airliners.

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NATCA Questions FAA's Statements About Controller Hiring

Says Staffing Levels Have Dropped For Third Consecutive Year

Citing the FAA Administrator's Fact Book in a press release today, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) says controller staffing levels have dropped for the third straight year, to a new low of 14,206.

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Russia Sells SAMs To Iran

Moscow Pushes Ahead With Deal Against US Protests

Russia's defense minister Sergei Ivanov confirmed Tuesday his country has sold an unspecified number of short-range Tor-M1 missiles to Iran.

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Northwest Apologizes To Muslims Barred From Boarding

Could This Be Fallout From $400K Jury Award?

After 40 American Muslims barred from boarding a Michigan-bound Northwest flight from Germany accused the carrier of profiling, the airline is now bowing and scraping with apologies and monetary offers to assuage their outrage.

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Virgin America Announces Corporate Changes To Suit DOT

Airline Reapplies For US Operating Approval

Virgin America, based in Burlingame, CA, announced sweeping changes in its corporate governance rules Wednesday to placate regulators at the US Department of Transportation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.07

Airbus officially concedes the 2006 global sales race...
The transcripts from flight 5191 are released...
...and Ed Bolen rebuts an airline pitch for user fees.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.18.07

Airbus officially concedes the 2006 global sales race...
The transcripts from flight 5191 are released...
...and Ed Bolen rebuts an airline pitch for user fees.

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ANN Special Feature: Embry Riddle's Jim Hampton 01.18.07

Today, the story of the amazing recovery of ERAU's Daytona Beach Campus from a devastating

Christmas Day tornado.

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Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2007: Oh, The Planes!

Part One: TL-2000 StingSport

Over the past 10 months, I've had the opportunity to spend some seat time in three emerging players in the light sport aircraft segment. As a Cessna 172 jockey, I must admit I wasn't expecting much when I first took to the skies on demo flights in three significantly smaller, lower-powered aircraft... but wow, was I wrong.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-26-10 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-26-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes.

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Connecticut AG Demands No-Fly Zone For Proposed LNG Terminal

Claims FAA Has 'Ignored' Airborne Threats To Floating Facility

In a letter to the FAA Monday, Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Monday demanded the agency establish a no-fly zone around a proposed natural gas terminal to be established in the middle of Long Island Sound.

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NTSB Releases Documents, CVR Transcripts In Comair 5191 Investigation

Pilots Noted Runway Was Not Lighted Seconds Before Crash

Transcripts released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicate the pilots of Comair Flight 5191 knew something was unusual about their early-morning takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY last August 27.

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NBAA Fights To Keep Public Aware Of Facts

Ed Bolen Responds To User Fee Article

A recent article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram detailing commercial airline industry arguments to "revamp funding" for the FAA rose hackles among the general aviation community.

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Hail... What Hail? Columbia Sets Delivery Record In 2006

Reports Orders Up "More Than 200%" Over '05

"Neither red tape nor Mother Nature could hold Columbia Aircraft back in 2006."

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AOPA Responds To Northern Border UAV Deployment

Says Improved Sensors May Help Situation A Little

Pilots in the South have had to deal with them for over a year... now, pilots flying near the northern US border may have to share airspace with unmanned drones, too. Representatives with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, however, tell ANN the 409,000-member-strong organization is continuing its efforts to ensure general aviation pilots aren't put at risk by the unmanned aircraft, or needlessly inconvenienced.

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APA Outraged Over AMR Executive Bonuses

Says Management Windfall Could Exceed Year's Profits

The Allied Pilots Association, collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its outrage over executive bonuses scheduled for payout in April it says could match or even exceed the airline’s fiscal year 2006 net profit of $231 million announced by parent company AMR.

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Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2007: How To Buy an LSA Without Going Broke

It's All In The Financing

Being in Sebring last weekend among the dozens of shiny new LSAs was exciting for the sport aviation industry, as well as those who attended. You could feel the buzz, look around at all the colorful displays, and speak with those who knew the intimate details of every trike, gyro, and plane struttin' their stuff.

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Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2007: TruTrak Aims To Bring EFIS To The Masses

New Technology With A Familiar Look For Experimental Market

TruTrak Flight Systems unveiled it’s new, low cost EFIS at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL. AirVenture 2006 visitors were able to catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the form of a computer demo, but the Expo was the first time the public was able to see an actual working system.

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Mechanics Sign New Contract With NetJets

Latest Employees To Sign Five-Year Agreement

On Tuesday, mechanics and related workers represented by Teamsters Local 284 in Columbus, OH signed a five-year contract with NetJets, Inc.

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GAMA Beefs Up Its Presence In Europe

Signs Contract With APCO Worldwide

Aero-News has learned on Wednesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced the association has concluded a contract with global communication consultant group APCO Worldwide to provide analytical, information and strategic advisory services in Europe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

Lockheed Martin designed the X-35/F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Designed with a primary mission of air to ground combat and secondary mission of air to air, the F-35 Lightning is designed with use by all the armed forces and our allies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.07): Bleed Air

Aero-Terms!

Hot air at high pressure, usually from the bypass section of a gas turbine engine after the compression stage, prior to fuel being injected into the burner, for de-icing, heating, pressurization and other uses.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.18.07)

"Whoa."

Source: Captain Jeffrey Clay, speaking the final intelligible word from the cockpit voice recording from Comair Flight 5191. The ill-fated regional jet with 50 persons onboard ran off the end of Runway 26 at Kentucky's Blue Grass Airport on August 27, 2006.

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